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In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- JOHN MUIR


Honor a Loved One with a Dedication

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights has lasting ways for you to honor or memorialize that special person in your life amid the splendor and beauty of Lake Katherine.

The Arboretum

On the southern shore of Lake Katherine, the Arboretum surrounds a meandering walking trail, complete with groves of trees and benches placed to enjoy a sweeping view of the lake. Choices for Arboretum tributes include:

  • New Bench, with personalized plaque - $2000
  • Your choice of bench location, with personalized plaque - $1000
  • Your choice of tree (oak, evergreen, or maple), with personalized plaque - $600
  • Flowering/ornamental shrub, with personalized plaque - $250

The Children's Forest

The Children's Forest, at the west end of Lake Katherine, is a favorite of youngsters, with its storytelling circle, schoolhouse arch, restored wetland, and proximity to "Turtle Bay" and its visiting wildlife. Choices for Children's Forest tributes include:

  • New Bench, with personalized plaque - $2000
  • Your choice of bench location, with personalized plaque - $1000
  • Oak tree, in your choice of location - $500
  • Flowering/ornamental shrub, in your choice of location - $150

The Northern Shoreline

The walking trail curves through the northern shoreline of Lake Katherine, a secluded spot to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Woods interspersed with benches line the northern shoreline, offering visitors views of both the lake and the canal. Choices for Northern Shoreline tributes include:

  • New Bench, with personalized plaque - $2000
  • Your choice of bench location, with personalized plaque - $1000
  • Oak tree, in your choice of location - $500

To discuss a special tribute for your loved one at Lake Katherine, please contact Gareth Blakesley, Operations Manager, at (708) 361-1873.

Download our tree/bench dedication form here.



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